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Published July 30, 2019 3:39 PM

A year after Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to power in Mexico in a historic election victory, he has turned Mexican politics upside down, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 24 July 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published July 2, 2019 1:51 PM

Many are skeptical of the Oslo process for Venezuela. When an increasing number of international players still support the initiative, it is not because they are naive, but because there are few alternatives to negotiation, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 2 July 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published June 11, 2019 4:15 PM

Venezuela's problems are larger than a choice between President Maduro and the self-appointed president Guaidó. And previous negotiations also show that it was just as often the opposition who was not willing to make real negotiations, write Ronald Mayora Synnes, University of Agder, and Dave Watson, Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (LAG), in an article in Stavanger Aftenblad 10 June 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published May 29, 2019 11:26 AM

In a report published in April, economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs give the financial sanctions introduced by the US direct responsibility for Venezuela's economic and humanitarian crisis. The problem is that the report is full of errors and misconceptions, write Benedicte Bull and Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in Klassekampen 23 May 2019 (in Norwegian, only available on paper). 

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Published May 29, 2019 11:23 AM

Norway's neutrality must not be confused with weakness, writes Antulio Rosales and Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, explaining the historical and strategic background for the engagement in the mediations. The article is in Spanish and published on Prodavinci 22 May 2019.

Published May 15, 2019 1:29 PM

Something has changed about the relations with the military in Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 May 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published May 10, 2019 5:15 PM

The opposition's attempted seizure of power in Venezuela initially looked like a gigantic failure. The events of April 30, however, set in motion processes internationally, suggesting that something is fundamentally changed, write Benedicte Bull og Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in Aftenposten 9 May 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 26, 2019 10:16 AM

The significant poverty reduction we saw between 2003 and 2015 has now turned to an increase. A major problem is the lack of success in getting a larger share of the workforce into more productive sectors, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 25 April 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 24, 2019 5:16 PM

If Bolsonaro's problems and loss of popularuty continue, the interests of vice president Mourão and the majority of Congress can be aligned, putting the former in the dilemma between his declared loyalty to the president and his political ambitions, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in El País (Spain) 21 March 2019 (in Spanish). 

Published Apr. 24, 2019 5:14 PM

There is reason to be deeply concerned about the Trump administration's war threats and sanctions policies against Venezuela, write a group of 25 Norwegian academics in an article in Dagbladet 28 March 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 24, 2019 5:11 PM

This is perhaps the worst possible time to open a debate on NATO membership in Latin America, and it would neither benefit NATO nor Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 8 April 2019 (in Norwegian)

Published Mar. 6, 2019 11:04 AM

Venezuela appealed to Putin in three ways: a willingness to recognize Russia as a great power, oil and gas, and markets for weapons, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 5 March 2019 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)

Published Mar. 1, 2019 3:29 PM

After five weeks of intense pressure on Nicolás Maduro's regime in Venezuela, it is highly unclear where a solution to the stalled crisis will come from, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Morgenbladet 1 March 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 25, 2019 2:02 PM

The weak organization of the Peruvian forest and environment sector destroys all attempts to stop deforestation. In such a situation, the weakening of the public control body Osinfor should arouse international anger. The Norwegian authorities should consider consequences for the agreement on rainforest support to Peru, write Camila Gianella, Chr Michelsen Institute, and Samson Kleven, University of Bergen, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 21 February 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 14, 2019 1:54 PM

The confrontation strategy of Guaidó and the United States increases the danger of an even deeper crisis. The more the confrontation escalates, the smaller becomes the room for manoeuvre for those who work for an alternative solution, writes Iselin Åsedotter Strønen, University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute, in an article in Aftenposten 13 February 2019 (in Norwegian)

Published Feb. 13, 2019 10:23 AM

The crisis in Venezuela has entered a phase where humanitarian aid has become a piece in a high-stakes political game about Maduro's resignation and the international community’s support, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 12 February 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 30, 2019 11:40 AM

The Pope's call for peaceful co-existence is now criticized as empty words in a precarious situation, writes Ole Jacob Løland, University of Oslo, in an article in Vårt Land 29 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 29, 2019 4:16 PM

The political movement that now prepare for a battle “in defense of Venezuela” against US interventionism has misunderstood, withheld information about or explained away the responsibility of Chavez and his movement for the disaster, write Aslak Orre, Chr. Michelsen Institute, and Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in Klassekampen 29 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 29, 2019 3:25 PM

The recent events in Venezuela are primarily about a national demand for a way out of an economic and social disaster. It is the world's responsibility to facilitate that, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 29 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 21, 2019 2:38 PM

The santions imposed by the West force Venezuela to look towards China and Russia, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in an article in Vårt Land 16 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 11, 2019 11:40 AM

Although a direct foreign military intervention is still unlikely, the increasingly stronger language has weakened the possibilities of dialogue, write Benedicte Bull and Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in Aftenposten 9 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 12, 2018 11:15 AM

The democracies are threatened in Latin America, not least from the United States, writes  Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 December 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 7, 2018 10:22 AM

Together with the example of Brazil, experience from Venezuela and Nicaragua shows that the business sector is poorly suited as a democracy activist, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 6 November 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 6, 2018 11:58 AM

The last weeks’ biggest news stories from Latin America have one thing in common: The role played by the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 6 November 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 23, 2018 5:12 PM

The Workers' Party’s task of convincing the voters that they represent the Brazilian people is tricky, but not impossible, writes Kjetil Klette Bøhler, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, in an article in Morgenbladet  17 October 2018 (in Norwegian).